Women's Lacrosse Hits Road For BIG EAST Contest At Cincinnati

April 7, 2009

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Game No. 13
#16 Loyola Greyhounds (8-4, 1-2) at Cincinnati Bearcats (5-7, 0-4)
Saturday, April 11, 2009 • 12 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio • Nippert Stadium

Game Data

  • Loyola hits the road for a single game this week. The Greyhounds will play their first-ever game in the State of Ohio when they take on host Cincinnati at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in a BIG EAST Conference game.

Series History

  • The Greyhounds and Bearcats met for the first time last season in Cincinnati's first year of varsity status. Loyola won the April 4 contest, 20-6.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola scored four in a row to start the second half, pulling to within 10-8, but No. 8 Syracuse reeled off four-straight of its own to regain the momentum in a 17-10 decision on Sunday afternoon.
  • Abby Rehfuss scored three goals and had an assist for Loyola, while Grace Gavin, Elizabeth Weber and Meg Taylor each scored twice.

Defensive Stand

  • The Greyhounds' defense was in top form last Friday against Connecticut, holding the Huskies to just two goals. Although Connecticut had 23 shots, goalkeepers Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff saved 14 of the 16 that were on goal.
  • The two goals allowed are tied for second-fewest in a BIG EAST Conference game. Notre Dame held Rutgers to just a pair, as well, in 2002.
  • Loyola is allowing 9.75 goals per game this season.

Two For Taylor

  • Meg Taylor scored twice in both of Loyola's last two games, lifting her 2009 season total to 13 goals. Taylor has scored in 10 of Loyola's 12 games this season and also had a pair of goals against James Madison.
  • Entering this year, Taylor - who started on defense last season - had just four career goals.
  • Meg's twin sister, Mary Clare, also has recorded career-highs in goals (5) and assists this season (6).

Balance Abound

  • Through 12 games this season, seven Loyola players have scored 10 or more goals and two more - Maura Kenny (9) and Cara Filippelli (8) - are on the doorstep.
  • As of April 7, no other BIG EAST Conference team has more than six players who have scored in double digits.
  • The Greyhounds also have four players with 11 or more assists and three more with five-plus. All told, 10 Loyola players have recorded 10 or more points.

100-Point Mark

  • Gavin's free-position goal with just over two minutes remaining at Notre Dame gave her an even 100 points for her career while playing just 26 games.
  • In Loyola's 36-plus years of women's lacrosse, only one player has reached 100 points in quicker fashion. Janet Eisenhut, who is the school's all-time leading goal-scorer (223), recorded her 100th career point in her 20th collegiate game on April 19, 1981. Eisenhut held the Loyola points scored record with 284 until Stacey Morlang broke it with 288 in 2002.
  • Through 26 career games, Eisenhut recorded 134 total points, and Morlang had 78.

No Sophomore Slump

  • After a fantastic freshman season that earned her All-BIG EAST Second Team honors, Grace Gavin is following with a standout sophomore year. She has eclipsed her 2008 totals in goals (39 in 2009, 38 in 2008), total points (53/52), ground balls (21/12) and caused turnovers (17/11) through 12 games this year. She has also equalled her 14 assists from last year.
  • Fellow sophomore Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss are also having outstanding second campaigns. Rehfuss has scored 24 goals and has 11 assists, while Filippelli is at eight and four. Rehfuss leads the Greyhounds with 31 draw controls, and Filippelli tops Loyola in ground balls (31) and caused turnovers (25).
  • Goalkeeper Meg Steffe has improved her save percentage to .500 from .436 a year ago, and Mary Heneberry has already matched the 12 goals she scored last season.

Goalies Combine For Good Numbers

  • Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff have split time in goal for Loyola relatively evenly this season. Each has allowed 57 goals, while Steffe has made 57 saves and Stoothoff 52.
  • Together, they have the best combined saves percentage in the BIG EAST this season at .482.

Class Production

  • Loyola's sophomore class leads the Greyhounds (percentage-wise) in every statistical category on the board. The second year crew has scored 52-percent of the team's goals. It also leads in assists (46%), ground balls (56%) and caused turnovers (54%).
  • The seniors are in second in almost every category, scoring 34-percent of the goals and recording 37-percent of the assists. The juniors are in second with 16-percent of the team's caused turnovers.

Off To The Races

  • Grace Gavin recorded a hat trick during the first 104 seconds of Loyola's game against then-No. 14 Cornell, staking Loyola to a 3-0 lead. She scored another during the first half and three during the second, matching her career-high of seven goals.

Goal Distribution

  • Through eight games this season, Loyola has been highly effective in spreading out its offense. The Greyhounds have seen 12 and 11 different players score goals in games and nine in another.
  • After an informal poll, no other NCAA Division I team has had 12 or more players score in a game this year.

Filippelli Earns Second Consecutive Honor

  • Cara Filippelli was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row on March 23. She scored three goals against James Madison, and had a goal and an assist versus Cornell. Filippelli also had seven caused turnovers during the week.

Adams Era Underway

  • A new era of Loyola women's lacrosse began this season when Jen Adams took the field for her first regular-season game as head coach.
  • Adams was named the seventh head coach in Loyola women's lacrosse history on June 6, 2008, after spending the last two seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland.
  • A 2001 graduate of College Park, Adams is widely considered the top women's lacrosse player of all-time. She helped the Terrapins win the NCAA title each of the four seasons she was on the field and her marks of 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points still stand as school records. Her goal total is still tops in all of NCAA Division I history.

World Renowned

  • All three Loyola coaches will represent their native countries at this summer's Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, making them the only coaching staff in NCAA lacrosse to mark such a feat.
  • Adams will play for Australia, while assistants Kylee White and Dana Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.

Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a pair of BIG EAST games. The Greyhounds host Georgetown at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, and Louisville at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.